I buy the 'Big Issue' and sympathise with the genuinely homeless - but I've observed the following in Glasgow in over ten years of commuting/working/going out in the city centre. This info could prove useful: - A gang operate a 'begging racket' from the main Boots entrance of Central Station all along to Buchanan Street. Same face in different shifts over the past few years. - Currently a troupe of Eastern European beggars are plying a scam around the Royal Concert Hall. I've encountered a few times in the last two months. One tall one (ringleader?) asks if you can buy him food if not money - whatever they're up to, it's weird. - Gang working Sauchiehall street - Almost all have torn McDonalds cups as receptacles. Again, same faces, different shifts and many have been there since 1995! Some of them look better fed than me. I know how this post must sound and read, but its just an observation - and that lot about the Royal Concert Hall are particularly in your face. Not as annoying as the "Got a moment?" c"Charity Workers" (They are on Â£5.25 an hour plus commission when I last looked into it.) The Big Issue runs about five hostels and kitchens in Glasgow alone - give your money to them or recommend them to a beggar.